How to Transfer Your Apple Music Playlists to Spotify from iPhone or Android Phone « Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks
Switching between popular music streaming services shouldn’t be a problem, but it is if you want to transfer all your favorite music. No popular service offers built-in functionality to export or import playlists. Therefore, if you want to move your favorite Apple Music playlists to Spotify, you will need to use a third-party service.
Using SongShift for iOS and Soundiiz on Android, you can transfer your favorite Apple Music playlists to Spotify without a hitch. Although the two apps differ in the transfer process, they both allow you to do the same thing. And best of all, it won’t cost you a penny.
Method 1: Transfer Apple Music Playlists to Spotify (iOS)
You can download SongShift for free on your iPhone from the iOS App Store. If you need more features, there is a pro version for $4.99 that lets you process multiple playlist transfers at once, skip steps to speed up the transfer process, fix songs that don’t match correctly or don’t match, automatically update playlists, get rid of ads, and more. However, depending on how many playlists you have, the free version might be enough.
Step 1: Connect your Apple Music account
In SongShift, tap the blue plus sign (+) at the bottom. We’ll start by connecting Apple Music (you’ll connect your Spotify account next). Tap “Configure Source” under New configurations, then tap “Connect More” to view the full list of streaming services available in SongShift. (Note that SongShift calls transfers “shifts”.)
Now tap “Sign In” next to Apple Music at the top of the list, then tap “Allow” and “OK” to give SongShift access to your account. If you’re having trouble, you may not have enabled iCloud Music Library (enable it and try again) or you may need to grant permissions to SongShift in the “Media & Apple Music” page under Private life in your Settings app.
Step 2: Connect your Spotify account
Now that your Apple Music account is connected to SongShift, it’s time to connect your Spotify account. After connecting Apple Music, you will be returned to Music Services listing. Scroll down and tap “Connect” next to Spotify. Log in with your Facebook account or Spotify credentials, then tap “Accept”.
Step 3: Select an Apple Music Playlist to Transfer
Once you’re done connecting SongShift to your two music streaming services, swipe down on the Music Services list bar at the top of the modal window. Now tap “Configure Source” again and you’ll see icons for your two streaming service accounts. Tap Apple Music, then tap “Playlist” under Select media type. Select the playlist you want to transfer, then tap “Select” at the top right.
You can only transfer one playlist at a time on the free version. If you want to transfer multiple playlists at once or merge multiple playlists into one, you will need the pro version.
Step 4: Transfer playlist to Spotify
On the Team Setup page, tap “Set Destination” and select Spotify as the destination. Choose “New Playlist” under destination type, and now you’re almost good to go. You can tap the edit icon next to “Create a new playlist” to enter a new name for the playlist on Spotify, but if you leave it as it is, it will keep the same name as it was. had on Apple Music. Tap “I’m done” to start the transfer.
Step 5: Check the playlist transfer progress
SongShift will then start matching songs from your playlist on Spotify. Depending on the number of songs in the playlist, this can take anywhere from a few seconds to about a minute. Once the playlist is linked, you can tap on it to check if the songs are linked correctly.
If there is a match failure, you can press “Skip” to clear the song from the playlist. There is also a “Re-Match” option, but it is only available on the pro version. If a song doesn’t match correctly, tap the edit icon to remove the song from the playlist (free) or search for it (pro). When you’re done reviewing the songs, tap “Confirm Matches” to complete the transfer process.
Step 6: View completed playlist for more options (optional)
After a few seconds, SongShift will complete the transfer. When you’re done, you can view the transferred playlist to do one of the following.
- Remove offset: Delete the playlist from SongShift (but not music streaming services).
- Most recent scanner: Update the transferred playlist if new songs are added to the original.
- To watch: Automatically update transferred playlist for new songs (pro version).
Step 7: View your transferred playlist on Spotify
Open Spotify, tap “Your Library” in the bottom navigation bar, then find your newly transferred playlist. Below you can see the original playlist on Apple Music and the new one on Spotify.
Method 2: Transfer Apple Music Playlists to Spotify (Android)
SongShift doesn’t exist on Android, so you’ll use a website in your web browser of choice to transfer your Apple Music playlists to Spotify instead. The site is free and although there is a pro version, you won’t need any of these features in this guide.
Step 1: Log into your Soundiiz account
In your mobile web browser, go to Soundiiz.com and tap “Start Now” to create a new account or sign in to your existing account. After verifying your email address (if you have created an account), you will be redirected to the page where the playlist transfer functionality is located. From there, tap the “x” in the top right to see it.
Step 2: Connect your Apple Music account
Now you need to connect your Apple Music account to Soundiiz so that the site has access to your playlists and can transfer them to Spotify. Tap the Apple Music icon and sign in to your account. If you have enabled two-factor authentication, you must enter the code that is sent to your phone. Then tap “Allow” and all your Apple Music playlists will appear in Soundiiz.
Step 3: Choose an Apple Music Playlist to Transfer
Check the box next to the Apple Music playlist you want to transfer, then tap the convert icon (the small square pointing an arrow to a larger square). Note that the pro version ($4.50 per month) allows you to transfer playlists with more than 100 songs and also transfer more than one playlist at a time.
You will be taken to a new page, where you can edit the playlist name, enter a description, delete multiple tracks, and make the playlist public or private (only works with specific services). Press “Save configuration” to continue. On the next page, browse the playlist and make sure the songs are correct; If not, deselect all tracks to remove them from the playlist. Tap “Confirm Track List” when you’re done.
Step 4: Connect Spotify and Transfer Playlist
Now tap on the Spotify icon and sign in to your account. Tap “Accept” and your playlist will start transferring.
Step 5: Extract the transferred playlist (optional)
The transfer process can take a few seconds or about a minute, depending on the length of the playlist. When you’re done, you can tap “View” to view the playlist inside Soundiiz in case you want to make any changes to it. If you change the playlist, you’ll need to resync it.
Step 6: View your Apple Music playlist on Spotify
Your Apple Music playlist now exists on Spotify. Open Spotify, tap “Your Library” and find the playlist. Tap on it to see it. Below, you can see both playlists on their respective music streaming service.
This article was produced during Gadget Hacks’ special coverage on streaming, listening to and creating music and podcasts on your smartphone. Discover the entire Music and Audio series.
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